Here at Reading Glasses Shopper, we love to share what we’re reading — especially during the holidays. Not only is book-giving an easy, thoughtful way to show someone you care this season, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving for all ages! Whether your best friend is in need of entertaining inspiration or your granddaughter needs a new bedtime story, books make the perfect present for everyone.
We asked around the RGS office to help you decipher which book to give even the most distinctive personalities on your list. Take a look at a few of our favorites that we just love to give as gifts:
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
“I would give this novel to any book-loving friend who appreciates history and a can’t-put-it-down story. The characters and twists and turns in this novel are so well done. It’s definitely a page-turner!” -Sarah H.
EveryDay with Rachel Ray Magazine Subscription
“My son bought the EveryDay subscription for me a couple years ago, and has kept it going. I’m looking at the ‘Thanksgiving for Every Kind of Cook’ November issue right now, and it speaks to all sorts of meal-makers! Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Thrifty (under $40!), Adventurous, Speedy (two hours or less!) and First-Timer (a step-by-step plan) — a little something for everyone.” -Debbie
Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart
“I received this book as a wedding shower gift, and I cannot tell you how many times it’s come in handy! I trust her words on everything home-related over any e-how website, and her advice is simple. It’s the perfect gift for newlyweds or anyone who has recently started living on his or her own.” -Sarah T.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
“When I was young, my mother would read my sister and me this on Christmas Eve every year. The book is full of beautiful pictures, and the story will keep children believing in the true spirit of Christmas. This book would be a wonderful gift for a child.” -Krista
Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update, & Show Your Home Some Love by Sherry and John Petersik
“Any home decor enthusiast or DIYer would LOVE to get this book. These two have some brilliant ideas on their blog, and I can only assume their book is going to be just as wonderful. It came out on November 5th, and it’s already on my list!” -Moriya
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
“It’s full of the simplest, most common-sense tips that we often forget. It’s full of short chapters with applicable examples to help you improve your relationships with others, and because these lessons can be applied at any point in life, it’s great for anyone on your list!” -Nate
Michael Symon’s Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers by Michael Symon
“Because. Meat.” -Steve
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
“This is my favorite book of all time. Elizabeth Gilbert takes you through her journey of self-discovery as she travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia. Her writing is sincere, eloquent, and funny.” -Terra
Aftermath: Prepare For and Survive Apocalypse 2012 byLawrence E. Joseph
“Because this is happening, and you all need to be ready!” -Austin
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
“These are children’s books that my 6-year-old loves. Llama Llama has an entire group of books that is fun for her to read with me. Llama Llama learns all kinds of lessons — like going to bed like a good kid, sharing, etc.” -Laura
Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide to Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease by Emily Schuman
“This is the perfect coffee table book! I love the practical advice Emily gives on everything from defining a sense of style to throwing a stylish soiree. This guide is a must-have for your 20-something daughter or a female friend looking for chic entertaining inspiration.” -Molly
Do you have a book that you love to give to others during the holiday season? Whether holiday-themed, child-friendy, or a book you’ve enjoyed for years, let us know in the comments below. The more, the merrier!
Ps. If you’re interested in other gifts that keep on giving this season, be sure to check out our Giving Back Campaign!